Amadou Bakayoko vows to learn from his Walsall mistakes
Walsall’s Amadou Bakayoko says he is determined to learn from his past mistakes as he looks to put a tough season behind him.
The striker is currently waiting for an announcement on his future with the 22-year-old out of contract in the summer, but with the club having a year’s option in their favour.
In what has been an overall disappointing campaign for the Saddlers, Bakayoko has scored five goals in 40 League One outings.
That lack of goals has seen him come in for criticism from some supporters.
And the forward admits he has made mistakes this year.
“It’s been an up and down season for me and it has been tough at times,” he said.
“I see it as a learning curve. A lot of things have gone on for me both on and off the field.
“But it’s another season under my belt and I just have to make sure I learn from it.
“I have to make sure I don’t make the mistakes I made this year in the next few years. I have to manage myself and make sure I move forward.”
Bakayoko believes playing in a struggling side hasn’t helped with his goal tally, particularly over the last few months when results have been more important than performances.
“I want to be scoring goals,” the striker continued. “But when that is not happening you have to work hard.
“I’ve been trying to take things game by game.
“Over the past few months, the only thing that has mattered has been getting the results we needed to stay up.
“I had to get one with of making sure we stayed in this league.
“Now next year I have got to do what I can to improve for the good of the team.”
Bakayoko revealed during tough times he’s called on Adam Chambers and Erhun Oztumer for advice.
“Adam Chambers is always on hand to give advice,” the 22-year-old added.
“He doesn’t play in my position but he is always there to help. I can talk to him about anything.
“And I speak to Erhun Oztumer a lot. We spend a lot of time together and I try to take on board the feedback he gives me.”